Colleen Smith

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Readers weigh in on motherhood.

The magic of motherhood | Editorial

In my life and experience of motherhood, I’ve come to realize that…

  • May 5th, 2021 1:30am
Readers weigh in on motherhood.
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Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.

IslandRides comes to Orcas after flourishing on San Juan and Lopez

For those who do not drive or have access to a vehicle,…

  • Apr 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.

Consolidated health clinic for Orcas Island is up and running

Island Primary Care — Orcas is officially serving patients. A ribbon-cutting ceremony…

  • Apr 20th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.
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Seniors Anwyn Thompson, Alanna Lago, Lindsey Simpson and Darian Johnson.

Vikings’ athletics launches fall sports season

With the spring sports season wrapped up, high school athletes are now…

  • Apr 15th, 2021 1:30am
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Seniors Anwyn Thompson, Alanna Lago, Lindsey Simpson and Darian Johnson.
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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.

San Juan County leads the state in COVID-19 vaccination rates

At the tail end of 2020, San Juan County began holding its…

  • Apr 4th, 2021 12:21pm
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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.
The new clinic opens April 5.

New clinic to offer after-hours care

A new model of after-hours care will soon be available to islanders.…

  • Mar 25th, 2021 1:30am
The new clinic opens April 5.
This week's editorial.

Spring is special section season | Editorial

The days are longer, bulbs are pushing up through the dirt and…

  • Mar 21st, 2021 1:30am
This week's editorial.
Albert Strasser’s new book.

Long-time islander releases children’s book about facing your fears

Albert Strasser was inspired to write a children’s book while living in…

  • Mar 20th, 2021 1:30am
Albert Strasser’s new book.
Editorial

Orkila is much more than s’mores around the campfire | Editorial

Like many organizations during this public health crisis, Camp Orkila has stepped…

  • Mar 17th, 2021 1:30am
Editorial
Orkila has continued to offer opportunities for kids.

A cornerstone for Orcas Camp Orkila during COVID

The pandemic has not stopped YMCA Camp Orkila from enriching and supporting…

  • Mar 16th, 2021 1:30am
Orkila has continued to offer opportunities for kids.
The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.

Clinic merger | What you need to know

Orcas Island is inching closer to a combined medical clinic. Since an…

  • Mar 13th, 2021 1:30am
The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.
Island Primary Care — Orcas is opening in April.

Island Hospital launching consolidated clinic in April

It’s an idea that’s been discussed for decades: one consolidated medical clinic…

  • Feb 24th, 2021 1:30am
Island Primary Care — Orcas is opening in April.
Editorial

Surviving the winter | Editorial

As members of isolated communities that endure dark nights and grey skies…

  • Feb 17th, 2021 1:30am
Editorial
Eliza and Chris in the late 1990s.

The sweet scent of romance and business

When you take a six-month road trip early on in a relationship,…

  • Feb 11th, 2021 1:30am
Eliza and Chris in the late 1990s.
Cindi Lund with Annie.

Crossing state lines to find forever homes

Some very lucky dogs from the Lone Star state are now forever…

  • Feb 10th, 2021 1:30am
Cindi Lund with Annie.
Cindy Wolf

Update from county council member Cindy Wolf

The Islands’ Sounder sat down with San Juan County Councilmember Cindy Wolf…

  • Jan 28th, 2021 1:30am
Cindy Wolf
This week's editorial.

Vacation rentals are symptom of a larger issue | Editorial

Those who have been advocating for a vacation rental moratorium celebrated on…

  • Jan 20th, 2021 1:30am
This week's editorial.
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A volunteer in the Orcas Food Bank.

Lending a hand to those most in need | OICF raises $1.7 million for COVID-related social services

At the start of the pandemic, it didn’t take long for local…

  • Jan 12th, 2021 1:30am
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A volunteer in the Orcas Food Bank.
Grace Hargrave

4-H kids all grown up: Grace Hargrave, Rhys Thompson

The Thompson siblings of Orcas Island — Hailey, Grace, Rhys and Anwyn…

  • Jan 6th, 2021 1:30am
Grace Hargrave
Brittany Johnson

4-H inspired an Orcas resident to work as a dog-groomer and videographer

Participating in 4-H activities as a child can foster a life-long connection…

  • Dec 26th, 2020 1:30am
Brittany Johnson
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The front side of Bonnie Mahony's house.

Islanders create show-stopping gingerbread houses for first annual contest

What a time to be a baker on Orcas Island. Children and…

  • Dec 16th, 2020 8:29pm
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The front side of Bonnie Mahony's house.
This week's editorial.

Philanthropy may be the key to sustaining local newspapers | Editorial

As the pandemic marches on, businesses’ bottom lines are shrinking. And your…

  • Dec 9th, 2020 11:38am
This week's editorial.
Letter to the editor

$300 tax deduction for 2020 in addition to standard deduction | Letter

Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, and in these challenging times, we want to…

  • Dec 2nd, 2020 1:30am
Letter to the editor
This week's editorial.

Shopping locally has never been more critical | Editorial

Since the pandemic began, islanders have rallied around each other in ways…

  • Dec 2nd, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial.
This week's editorial.

Giving thanks | Readers share their gratitude

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 26th, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial.
Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.

Community extends generosity to Orcas Center

Hundreds of islanders tuned in to Orcas Center’s first-ever live telethon, witnessing…

  • Nov 22nd, 2020 1:30am
Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.
This week's editorial

COVID-19 cases are surging | Editorial

For many islanders, summer in the San Juans was marked by a…

  • Nov 16th, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial
metro

Hospice Northwest could be sold to private equity firm

For more than 30 years, San Juan County residents in the last…

  • Nov 3rd, 2020 3:28pm
metro
Daniela Wagner

Environmentally conscious laundry services on Orcas Island | Women in Business Profile

Daniela Wagner has done well around the globe starting businesses that meet…

  • Oct 30th, 2020 1:30am
Daniela Wagner
Laura Kussman/staff photoElectrician trainees Gaelyn Moore, Tessa Ormenyi and owner Chris Wolfe outside the Rainshadow Solar supplies barn near Guthrie Cove

Growing a business through non-hierarchy | Women in Business profile

by Laura Kussman Sounder contributor When Chris and Justin Wolfe purchased Rainshadow…

  • Oct 29th, 2020 1:30am
Laura Kussman/staff photoElectrician trainees Gaelyn Moore, Tessa Ormenyi and owner Chris Wolfe outside the Rainshadow Solar supplies barn near Guthrie Cove
Vote!

Four council candidate field questions during forum

It may have been a virtual debate, but plenty of issues were…

  • Oct 17th, 2020 1:30am
Vote!
Carson, Melanie and Owen.

Halloween in town will look different this year

The children of Orcas Island can rest easy: Halloween candy will once…

  • Oct 15th, 2020 1:30am
Carson, Melanie and Owen.
letter

Cindy Wolf for County Council | Letter

I met Cindy at a community meeting in the wake of the…

  • Oct 14th, 2020 1:30am
letter
Jerry Carter

Interview with Sounder’s newspaper delivery person Jerry Carter

Jerry Carter has walked a path paved in newspaper ink. In August…

  • Oct 7th, 2020 1:30am
Jerry Carter
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

  • Sep 30th, 2020 1:30am
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.

April’s Grove residents are moving in

A number of tenants had been couch surfing or were homeless.

  • Sep 23rd, 2020 1:30am
A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Economically, socially, physically and environmentally — people are feeling pushed to their limits.

  • Sep 23rd, 2020 1:30am
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial
School kitchen changes model for distance learning

School kitchen changes model for distance learning

Tucked away in the school cafeteria, staff works daily to ensure that all kids are being fed.

  • Sep 16th, 2020 1:30am
School kitchen changes model for distance learning
Be a superhero for Planet Earth

Be a superhero for Planet Earth

The event will be a week-long household/individual effort beginning Sept. 2.

  • Sep 13th, 2020 1:30am
Be a superhero for Planet Earth
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

The staff of the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and…

  • Sep 7th, 2020 1:30am
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial